N.H. News Roundup: The ATV State? N.H. urges caution on rivers
Happy Tuesday everybody! It’s been a while – I hope everyone’s holiday weekend went well and everyone made it to Monday without a scratch.
Everybody celebrates holidays differently. Heading to the lake, firing up the grill, going fishing, sitting inside. Were you one of the many who ventured up north to the new 1,000-mile interconnected all-terrain vehicle trails?
The Ride the Wilds system officially opened to riders last month, and is a key effort of the more than $2 million in combined projects aimed at expanding ATV trails in the North Country.
There’s also more to look forward to than the new system: Riders will head to Berlin and Jericho Mountain State Park for the annual Jericho ATV Festival later this month.
The increased focus on ATVs could be a major boon to the economy by giving folks not only a reason to test out the new trails but a reason to stick around for days at a time as well.
Gorham is also trying to legalize ATV traffic for public roads as well.
There is obviously a risk involved with the ATVs and the new trails.
So stay safe out there (and now you can actually buy the signs now for $15.)
In other news
∎ Three fatalities were reported and 91 arrests were made during the Fourth of July weekend.
∎ 43-year-old James Robarge, of Vermont, has been accused of murdering his estranged wife Kelly Robarge of Charlestown. He has been fighting extradition.
∎ N.H. cyclist Ted King separated his shoulder in the first day of last week’s Tour de France.
∎ Politifact rated Gabrielle Gifford’s op-ed in USA Today last week as “Mostly True.”
∎ Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, got a firsthand look at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard.
∎ The Reason Foundation ranked the interstate highways in the southern tier of the Granite State as the best in the nation.
∎ Three men were arrested following a large fight involving up to 20 people that occurred inside a Manchester McDonald’s early Saturday morning
∎ New Hampshire gas prices rose slightly.
∎ Super donor for the Democratic party Mitchell Berger was married in the Granite State over the weekend.
∎ New Hampshire Ball Bearings has purchased a German manufacturer of customized ceramic and hybrid ceramic ball and roller bearings.
∎ Rain or not, the beaches on the Seacoast have been packed.
∎ The Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery was one of CNN’s top luxury beer destinations in America. My Woodstock recommendation: Pig’s Ear Brown Ale.
∎ There is apparently so much confusion about where New Hampshire actually is on a map.
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